The school year has just begun for thirteen year old, Isabella Burgess. She's back at Pinnaroo High, now in Year Nine. The human problem she hoped would go away over the Summer, has returned. Her name - Tia. Issy calls her The Beast for short. The Beast greets Issy each day with 'Hey Poppy Eyes', 'Hey Flatface', or other cruel taunts, making fun of her facial difference. All of Issy's attempts to stop The Beast, fail, and the bullying escalates.
Along with The Beast problem, Issy experiences friendship woes with her best friend, Tilly; a crush on the cutest boy in her class, Tim; and she battles her anxiety which has a firm hold on her.
Issy must find a way to overcome all her problems and gain control over her life, before she loses her mind. Will her passion for skateboarding provide the answers she needs?
I wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading Ride High Pineapple. I sat down to start it, burnt the dinner (twice) and finished it in the one sitting. What a stunning book! I was completely mesmerised and want to give a copy to every teenager I know.
-Penny Harrison, Kids Book Review
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